Tag: health care

Six Keys to Long-Term Care Planning

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Inevitably, there is a group of people we meet who don’t want to or don’t see the need to plan ahead for long-term care. Yes, I know, it may seem “depressing” to spend time on imagining what life would be like when you actually need someone to help you take a bath. But I’ve seen… Read more »

The Importance of Advance Directive Documents

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As you or your loved one ages, a conversation that must happen involves the matter of planning for end-of-life care. While it’s not a conversation that people look forward to, it’s important to understand their wishes before being faced with a decision when an emergency situation occurs. A large part of that conversation should focus… Read more »

Music & Memory: An Interview with Dan Cohen

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When the team at Blakeford at Green Hills was introduced to the non-profit program Music & Memory, we wanted to be a part of their mission – to bring personalized music into the lives of our residents, helping improve their quality of life. After our certification in the Spring of 2015, a small group of Blakeford team members… Read more »

Celebrating 20 Years of Service – Creating Community

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Blakeford has been committed to providing innovative and compassionate levels of service for 20 years since opening our doors in 1996. Board Chairman Luke Gregory talks about how that is even more true in 2016 and how Blakeford will continue to grow into the future.  

7 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Extra Help

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While their 84-year-old father recovered at a rehabilitation facility after landing in the hospital with symptoms of a mini-stroke, the Jones (not their real name) siblings took the opportunity to do some cleaning at his house. Opening the fridge, they were shocked to find layers of mold, hardened food and multiple jars of the same… Read more »

Our Life Enrichment and Wellness Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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Every day, the members of our Life Enrichment and Wellness team work to promote a positive and healthy wellbeing and belonging for each Blakeford resident. The team is made up of creative and compassionate people who love what they do and value the importance of our residents. From outings and events to games and music, the… Read more »

Q & A – The Role of a Health Center Social Worker

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The presence of a social worker in health center is essential to the exemplary care of residents and patients. Lora Cochrane, MSW, is the social worker at Woodcrest at Blakeford. Lora took some time to respond to a few questions about her role and its importance to residents and their families. What is your role… Read more »

Are You on the “My Kids will Take Care of Me” Plan?

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An article published by Forbes addressed the topic of who will be there to take care of childless Boomers. Yes, it is a concern with that group, but it’s also something that couples with children should think about very carefully. Pew Research states that 47% of 49-59 year old adults are “sandwiched” between caring for… Read more »

Bringing Music & Memory to Blakeford

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In June 2014, I came across a trailer for the documentary film Alive Inside. I was immediately taken with the film’s subject – the ability of music to reawaken memories thought to be lost through a program called Music & Memory. Now, a little more than a year later, Blakeford is a certified Music &… Read more »